Interzone 227 (March-April)
The cover art is the second part of six connected images by Warwick Fraser-Coombe which at the end of the year will form a new, much larger image.
The History of Poly-V by Jon Ingold
illustrated by Robert Dunn
There were three of us in the lab at the beginning. I don’t remember who was first to inhale. It may have been me, recording the smell in my notebook, maybe only checking if I had forgotten to add the ethanol. Back then the drug’s effect seemed like nothing. It was subtle and hard to place. But we tried, all the same.
Dance of the Kawkawroons by Mercurio D. Rivera
illustrated by Jim Burns
Windswept confetti. That’s how Annie had described the Kawkawroons when she first spotted them hovering miles away against the white sky, bookended by the twin suns.
Chimbwi by Jim Hawkins
illustrated by Ben Baldwin
A narrow plain ran between hills. The grass and small trees were almost colourless in the searing African sunlight. Jason headed across the plain towards a narrow cleft. A group of startled duiker jumped out from behind a bush and escaped up the far hillside into the trees in a series of elegant leaps. He stood, shading his eyes, and watched them, before climbing down the bank into the dried-up bed of the Kalambo River. After a hundred and fifty years the antelope were back.
Flying in the Face of God by Nina Allan
illustrated by Robert Dunn
The outward effects of the Kushnev drain were many and varied; with Rachel it had exaggerated her freckles. They looked darker than before and slightly inflamed, standing out on her face like divots of rust. It was hot in the carriage, and Rachel’s brackish, slightly acrid body odour was particularly noticeable. Anita watched the man in the opposite seat wipe sweat from his upper lip with the back of his hand then hoist his briefcase onto his knees and take out The Times. She saw him staring at Rachel over his newspaper, the way civilians always did with fliers, especially the women. Two stops down the line he left the train, leaving Anita and Rachel with the carriage to themselves.
Johnny's New Job by Chris Beckett
Monday it was all round the factory where Johnny worked that a little girl called Jenny Sue had been killed by her wicked stepfather. He had dropped her down a dry well and left her there to starve.
The Glare and the Glow by Steve Rasnic Tem
illustrated by Dave Senecal
James Thurber once said there are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures. I’ve always liked quotations. Whatever their content, they always seem apropos. If your audience doesn’t immediately grasp the connection, they’re inclined to think they just aren’t learned enough. I suppose they assume that if you’ve read enough to offer them some quotation, you must be smart enough to use it correctly.
Guest Editorial by Chris Beckett
Ansible Link by David Langford
BookZone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including Blackout + Connie Willis interview, Terminal World, Geosynchron, Naamah's Kiss, The Poison Throne, Tome of the Undergates, WE, Hyddenworld: Spring, Under in the Mere
Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Hardwired, Thrill Seekers, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Avengers Series 3, The Interceptor, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 9, Caprica, The Box, Lathe of Heaven
Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including Avatar, Battle for Terra, Astro Boy, The Road, The Book of Eli, Daybreakers, Exam, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, The Wolfman
How To Buy:
We recently sacked our main distributor for breach of contract (failure to pay us any money for 11 months), but we've signed up with a new one, who also specialises in overseas distribution, and we're excited to tell you that IZ227 will not only be available in the UK, but in the following countries too:
- USA (including Barnes & Noble)
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
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